Coatesville Area Senior High principal responds to alleged threat made
Coatesville Area High School Principal Michele Snyder sent a letter to parents last Thursday to inform them about a possible threat from a community member, following an incident last week that occurred in school, in which a black doll was found hanging from a locker room ceiling.
Snyder said a local community activist posted a video of himself on social media last Wednesday reacting to the incident that was reported to families earlier last week regarding the and offensive actions of our high school boys cross country team. School officials were initially concerned the doll was intended to cause racial intimidation. However, after investigating the matter, the students involved said it was a prank. 11px;
In a letter to parents, Coatesville Superintendent Cathy Taschner wrote that members of the Coatesville Area High School boys cross country team found the doll in a trash can at a meet in early September and stuffed it into an open ceiling tile in their locker room. It was there for several weeks until a team member used his tie to hang it down from the ceiling, where it was recently discovered, according to school officials. School officials said students will face disciplinary actions.
upset about the incident, the community activist made a serious threat that was reported to our own school police department, the Caln Township Police Department, Valley Township Police Department and the District Attorney Office, Synder said. a Campus Administrative Team, we are working closely with our school police, and our school security teams will remain vigilant in the implementation of our security plans and protocols for our school and evening activities. Valley police are leading the investigation and could not be immediately reached for comment.
In a video obtained by the Daily Local News, the community activist begins by saying that the school district officials sent out statements to explain the situation regarding the doll and that they care how they look and noted that there was a delay in the investigation. He says in the video that everyone on the cross country team should be kicked off for claiming they were going to use the doll as their mascot. He further makes a comment about the team, his dog and a weapon, but then he says he doesn mean that and that he doesn have a dog or a gun. He later apologized and said that it was ill worded. He has not been charged in the matter. He said he was informed he is not allowed on school grounds.
School officials say they won tolerate any threats.
She said that the school officials will prosecute threats of violence to the fullest extent of the law to protect students and staff.